GRAILS: FEATURING @YMANIBARBEE AND @ADORE.EU WEARING KANYE AND JAY Z GRAILS FROM EVERYBODY SKATES

BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Ymani and Natalie looking fine in streetwear grails by Everybody Skates. Ymani is wearing Everybody Skates’ Jay-Z shirt.  Natalie is wearing Everybody Skates Kanye shirt.  The only newer company represented in this shoot, Everybody Skates is skate icon, Alphonso Rawls’ clothing company whose iconic shirts are announced via his Instagram and sell out in hours.  Don’t sleep on Everybody Skates.

Ymani and Natalie ruled this shoot in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Gorgeous and down to earth, we couldn’t have asked for two better individuals to represent Awesome Totally Awesome (“ATA”) in our first model shoot.  Find out more about them in Spotlight On Ymani Barbee here  and Spotlight On Natalie Ferraro here.

Just a few hours before we arrived at the location for the shoot, we were informed by the owner of the location that an LAPD Officer had been shot and killed early that morning, and that LAPD were conducting (involuntary) voluntary searches of all vehicles coming into the area.  Needless to say, the LAPD and the tension surrounding the area were the least of our problems.

Absolutely unprepared, we had some warm Cokes in our photographer’s car, but that was it for amenities.  We had no water, no snacks, no real changing room, no fan, no toilet paper in the bathroom, and assistants who went MIA for three and a half hours (on a Chinese food, snack, ginger ale–most likely crack and stripper run).  Ymani and Natalie dealt with it like the rock stars they are, and are the primary reason this shoot was lit.

Add to that, Todd Stockham’s genius eye, and some grailed T-shirts from OG Streetwear brands, Supreme, Undefeated, BAPE, X-Large / Grand Royal, Diamond Supply Co. x Collabo NY, Rocksmith, Manik Skateboards, Rebel 8, Technics x Marvel, Triumvir and (more recently) Alphonso Rawls Iconic–Everybody Skates, (with some other iconic shit scattered in the background), and we have ATA’s first photo shoot.  Enjoy friends.

Steve Kitagawa